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Lubrication - Clown Shoes

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306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: busterthecat on 07-02-2011)
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Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.08/5  rDev -14.7%

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/25/11
*From notes

A: Dark brown, with a 1.25 finger head that fade fast. A thin layer of lacing rims the glass.

S: Some reasonably juicy hops on the nose, yet there's this darker malt presence that it just can't kick.

T: More of a bitter kick then I expected, and that char shows up in a big way. It's not well balanced, as the different characteristics just don't mesh well.

M: Thinner then I'd like. It's not bad, just pedestrian.

O: Lubrication is easily and most certainly the weakest entry into the Clown Shoes catalog to date. It feels lazy, as if it wants to be a quasi-West Coast version of their much better Hoppy Feet. If indeed this was the idea, then consider this a half-assed attempt at best. Instead, the end result comes off like an undesired remake of a classic movie: lots of flash, little substance.

09-01-2011 23:12:41 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of kawilliams81


3.25/5  rDev -10%

Served in a pint glass.

A- Pitch black with 2 finger tan head, and good lacing the remains on the glass through most of the beer.

S- Roasted malts and pine hops.

T- Roasted malts dominate the beer, with some coffee notes and pine hops in the middle and finish.

M- Medium to thin. Very drinkable, even with a slightly dry, bitter finish.

O- Tastes like Hoppy Feet light to me. Would like some more citrus hop aroma and taste in this beer. Still a good black ipa and I would get it again.

09-01-2011 02:06:47 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of VtBeerRun


3.9/5  rDev +8%

This is a solid beer all around. It is an easy drink and well balanced. It pours a decent shade of black and you can taste the pine and citrous notes. Well done. This beer doesn't jump up and smack you as outstanding, but I could see me buying this beer for friends knowing it is a quality beer that we'd enjoy.


08-29-2011 00:06:01 | More by VtBeerRun
Photo of WanderingFool


3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

Lubrication pours black into the glass with a small, off white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind some lines and spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma has hoppy notes of pine with hints of orange citrus and roasted malt.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is watery on the palate with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor has nice roasted malt and pine hop notes blended with some earthy nuttiness and citrus. A touch of coffee is almost present. It finishes dry with a lingering smoke and pine flavor on the palate.

This is a tasty, easy drinking, well balanced beer. Something I could drink year round.

08-28-2011 23:15:06 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of Brad007


4.28/5  rDev +18.6%

Pours a pitch black color with a thin brown head into my glass. Irene's bearing down but won't stop me from having a beer.

Minty/piney hops are present in a way that literally blows my olfactory glands.

Hops dominate the palate in such a manner that it's equal to drinking hop juice. Very refined.

Lots of lingering mint/pine from the hops. Very balanced.

I like this example of the style. Recommended.

08-28-2011 05:08:14 | More by Brad007
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%

12 oz bottle with a bottled on notch of July 2011 courtesy of Dnuggs, thanks Doug! Pours black with a nice cap of dense, creamy tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose shows a nice balance of roasty-sweet malts and bright hops. Chocolaty citrus and a dry-ish cocoa powder. Nice.

Taste leans a bit more hoppy than malty and loses much of the sweetness I got from the smell. Roast is still there enough and drops some light fruit and pine-bite on the finish. Mouthfeel could be a bit fuller, but thats a minor complaint. I like it, fairly simple brew, but it fits nicely in the black IPA category. Glad Clown Shoes is coming to TX.

08-17-2011 23:59:04 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of THECPJ


3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 2 finger tan head

smell: roast, black patent, hops,

taste: black patent, roast, hops

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: it's an alright black ale nothing special. wish they would work on a different style beer. since this is the 3rd time working with the black ipa category.


08-15-2011 20:43:20 | More by THECPJ
Photo of BenjieK


4.43/5  rDev +22.7%

12 oz. Purchased a four pack. Four pack has the robot, bottles are a new design, kind of cool.

A: Dark, dark brown. Mahogony with black tinges. Medium head, some clump lace.

S: Chocolate, citrus, licorice, roast.

T: Espresso, dark chocolate, citrus. Pretty complex and in balance.

M: Light mouthfeel but this works for me.

This is a solid, ABA, BIPA, CDA, whatever!

08-14-2011 14:11:12 | More by BenjieK
Photo of Jayli


3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Purchased 8/12
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep, dark, opaque brown, with a two finger sudsy head. Head recedes leaving big old wispy sticky lacing.

S: Major chocolaty notes. roast and char notes, and a good dose of grapefruit and lemony notes.

T: Taste is starts with light bitter chocolate notes, and then a heft (et not overpowering) charred notes. Lighter roast notes as the flavor lends to more of a citrus blend. Lemon and grapefruit citrus bite fill out the end.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean body.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, note too filling, nice kick, decent representation of style. An easy drinking beer that a few can be enjoyed.

08-13-2011 05:52:51 | More by Jayli
Photo of GbVDave


4/5  rDev +10.8%

So we are doing a little role reversal here. I am reviewing the beer and my husband GbvDave is assisting and keeping an eye on our extremely mobile 9 month old!


A: The color of the body and foam remind me a lot of Guiness stout. Very dark and opaque, with caramel colored foam. There was about 1 finger of foam when poured, and left spotty lace around the crown of my pint glass after a few sips.

S: Oak, chickory, caramel, and super dark bittersweet chocolate. Dave picked up notes of espresso.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, blackened malt, piney hops, a very slight hint of orange zest. The first sip was suprisingly "soapy".

M: It's wet...JK, moderatley dry with a drier finish.

O: We enjoyed this very much and look forward to more from Clown Shoes!


08-11-2011 00:21:46 | More by GbVDave
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.43/5  rDev -5%

In a pint glass this beer was a black color with a thick tan head. There was a good deal of lace.

Aroma was very tepid. Roasted malt and herbal hops, but muted.

Improvement in the taste. Coffee, a little chocolate, and piney hops.

Another so-so black ale. Not bad, but not that good.

08-10-2011 00:52:00 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of emerge077


3.5/5  rDev -3%

Black body, chestnut brown around the edges. Frothy tan foam, sticky lacing that coats the glass. Surface has a creamy texture, and a semi-glossy meringue sheen to it. Lacing just coats the glass.

Smells roasty, mellow coffee notes and also lightly woody.

Firmly bitter, roasty and seemingly light bodied like Hoppy Feet 0.5 or something. Chalky dry finish, pine resin and dark roasted malts. Some coffee and bakers chocolate, but not much, a bit subdued. Light to medium bodied, not something i'd sit and drink several of.

08-08-2011 02:56:40 | More by emerge077
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.9/5  rDev +8%

Pours dark brown, almost black with a dense tan head. No real lace but the head lingered and clung to the edge of the glass.

Some pine and roasted malt. Not as much of either that I expected.

Great balance here. Nice and appropriate hop presence, but no where near as overdone a others of this style. This drinks like a hoppy porter. Nice coffee and cocoa elements. There is some sweetness in the malt, but the charred element shines. Good lingering bitterness that is a combo malt and hop. Lovely beer.

Medium bodied with some tingly carbonation.

One of my favorites of the style. Was having a love/hate relationship with the style until I tried this. Good job.

08-08-2011 01:32:41 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of celticfutblclub


3.9/5  rDev +8%

100th review and its the dong beer... niceeee

bomber into pint glass.

big black body sits beneath fluffy coffee colored head that has very good retention and lacing. nose is roasted malts coffee chocolate bread juxtaposed with a hoppy resin. lots going on here and balances well on the nose. hop bite hits from the start and lasts throughout. its resiny oily hop taste with bread crackers chocolate roasted coffee malts. finish is nice and dry with a lot of carbonation. a little bit of watery edge to this that detracts just a little bit. overall its a pretty good offering.

08-07-2011 00:17:43 | More by celticfutblclub
Photo of Daktyls


3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Pours a deep dark brown, almost black in color with a two finger tan head that recedes fairly quickly leaving a fine lacy foam on the top of the brew.

S: Earthy hops prevail with some malt and mild citrus notes.

T: Roasted malts followed by the same earthy hops from the nose along with a very slight amount of citrus. Not a whole lot else going on.

M: Light bodied brew with a medium-low amount of carbonation. Not a huge amount of flavor and a small amount of carbonation to match.

O: Decent, more of a Black IPA than a Black Ale I'd say. Definitely on the hoppy side but enjoyable.

08-01-2011 21:20:55 | More by Daktyls
Photo of beer4colin


2.8/5  rDev -22.4%

On tap at UBH

Pours a deep dar brown with a decent bit of foam.

Aroma is hint of citrus.

Not big on the taste. I am getting a really acrid burned taste. I remember once making a gastrique where I badly burned some lemon peels and even though I tried to recover it by adding a ton of broth - the damage was done.

Not likely revisit this one from Clown Shoes. Tramp Stamp it is not.

08-01-2011 20:51:56 | More by beer4colin
Photo of DrinkingDrake


3.83/5  rDev +6.1%

Pitch black body with a big fluffy, tan head. Nose contains a lot of chocolate, roasted malts, slightly bready. Earthy hops, pine resin. Tastes shows more hops than the nose. Earth and pine bitter right up front but its a good transition to the bitter chocolate and roasted malt. There is another layer of hop flavor I can't really put my finger on, slightly peppery? It is definitely masked by the big malty flavor. Finishes dry and with bold piney, earthy hops.

07-24-2011 17:10:02 | More by DrinkingDrake
Photo of beerdrinker4life


2.7/5  rDev -25.2%

Wow, what an interesting label. It looked like a guy holding his thing at a gas station. Instead its a skeleton dude. My friend at GOTV bought it because it reminded him of the Grateful Dead. It reminds me of Mad Magazine! Clown Shoes?

Ok, giving it a try. Deep black color and then a coffee head. Kind of looks like a porter. Head is rich and dense. There is an aroma of hops but then there is a cheddar cheese smell?

Taste is all over the map. Real harsh and tough leather taste and then big bitterness in the end. Not really refreshing or enjoyable.

Overall this beer is below average and I don't care for it. The flavors do not go together well imho.

07-24-2011 13:11:49 | More by beerdrinker4life
Photo of cbutova


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

A- Black body into a snifter. Tan head forms to a nice size and has decent retention. Small creamy ring leaves a small amount of lace.

S- Cocoa, licorice and roast malt mixed with nice hops. Hops give off a nice citrus, orange peel and pine feel.

T- Roast and hop forward. Roast flavors of malt, cocoa, licorice and such. Hops are nice with orange peel, zest, pine and general fruit feel.

MF- Creamy moderately thick body with a nice silky feel. High carbonation and a slightly bitter finish.

A solid Black IPA, I find most examples of this style to be very similar but usually decent.

07-24-2011 04:11:48 | More by cbutova
Photo of lazyboy247


3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

This beer pours with a huge head. A lot of lacing fading while I filled the rest of the glass. dark color a lot of chocolate malt.

Smell is mostly malt. nothing really else to not here

Taste is really clean. taste nothing at all of 7% really easy to drink. mix between a Belgian and a Black IPA slight fruitiness from citrus hops and orange peel slightly yeasty.

Clean medium body black ale.

Overall a good beer. I like the fact that this should be coming around in four packs. The bombers are nice but this is really exciting an easy drinking strong beer in four packs is better.

07-21-2011 03:24:50 | More by lazyboy247
Photo of Casey10


4/5  rDev +10.8%

This to me is a very average black IPA I was not able to pick up the orange in it at all. Overall all I rated this a verage beer as it was good but yet did really nothing to stand out on its own.

I would encourage people to try this and for fans of this style of beer they should be happy.

Not bad not great though either.

07-20-2011 04:30:37 | More by Casey10
Photo of jlindros


4.05/5  rDev +12.2%

Light fluffy head fades slowly with lacing, pitch black color.

Nose nice darker malts, hint of roast, dark crystal malts, plenty of earthy chewy hops, bit of spicy hops, hint of pine and citrus, little creamy malts

Taste has light earthy hops, plenty bitter hops, a bit herbal and chewy hops, light pine, plenty of chewy darker malts but not heavy malts, bit lush and creamy, light roast and darker crystal malts, very light cocoa, light sweetness. Finishes pretty bitter and spicy chewy hops, almost astringent, piny and dry.

Mouth is med bodied nice for black ipa, drinkable, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice light feeling but dark malts, nice hops that get a bit astringent and bitter, nice bitter finish that dries and doesn't get sticky.

07-19-2011 12:39:59 | More by jlindros
Photo of silentjay


3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

pours a dark brown that settles to black with half of the glass being overtaken with a nice mocha foam thats fluffy, sticks around a bit, and laces well.

roasted malts, citrus hops, orange zest. juicy citrus, not bitter.

some tobacco leaf flavors give way to some juicy citrus. not a lot of the dark roast I expected and like to balance the hops, only a slight char.

slightly thin bodied with a fluffy carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

overall, I'd take the hoppy feet before this one. Not much cofffee/cocoa/roast flavors, and the natural flavors (orange peel) are a bit too dominant.

07-17-2011 03:00:33 | More by silentjay
Photo of rudzud


4.28/5  rDev +18.6%

Snagged a bottle of this at Julio's. I dont get whats so controversial about the artwork...anyways, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep dark oily brown with a big mocha two finger head that slumps down to leave a quarter inch blanket and very, very nice side lacing.

S - Not quite as nice as Hoppy Feet. Light chocolate and bitter hops on the nose along with some roasted malts.

T - This is more like it. Nice chocolate and coffee followed with that nice bitter piney/grapefruit hops with just a light roasted malt. I think this tastes pretty much exactly like Hoppy Feet though, atleast, in my memory.

M - Better mouthfeel, I think, than Hoppy Feet. Enough carbonation to keep it crisp on the tongue. Still creamy and dry?

O - I really enjoying this offering from Clown Shoes. I just dont know though, I would need to taste it side by side with Hoppy Feet because right now in my memory they're both damn near identical brews. I have to give the edge to Hoppy Feet.

07-17-2011 02:25:59 | More by rudzud
Photo of EgadBananas


3.9/5  rDev +8%

Thanks to cbeer88 for the should have been want!

Pours black, with a tan head and nice lacing. Nice pine and floral notes on the nose, with pleasant chocolate and roasted notes. Pleasant bitterness on the tongue, floral hop notes, chocolate, roasted malts, slight citrus. Feels a bit lighter, but not bad. Slight crispness but with a good creamy finish.

Not as hoppy as Hoppy Feet, but still a rather enjoyable ABA. I'd drink it regularly for sure.

07-16-2011 02:33:27 | More by EgadBananas
Lubrication from Clown Shoes
82 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.